Apple cider vinegar is that vinegar which is made up of apples (guess all know that). To be precise it is made up of fermented apple juice. Apples are cut in small pieces and covered with water and leave them in room temperature. This will make the sugar which is present in apple to ferment and turns it to alcohol. This apple cider vinegar is fermented twice once to make alcohol and second time to make vinegar (acetic acid).
Apple cider vinegar contains considerable amount of Magnesium and probably might contain small amount of iron, phosphorous, amino acids and antioxidant. It contains 3 calories per tablespoon. Impressive don’t you think.
How to drink Apple cider vinegar
The taste of the ACV is such that many people try to avoid it next time. But taking it correctly can help your body in long way. Basically you need to take 2 tablespoon of ACV and mix the same with hot water or salads. You can take fruit juice and add 2 tablespoon in it. Basically if you are ok with the taste then you can just add it with water and gulp it at once.
Now let’s see 5 surprising benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1) Stomach pain or indigestion: – When we experience indigestion or stomach pain it means we have eaten too much or your digestive acid level is less in stomach. When there is less acid the food is not eaten properly and the nutrient which is present in our food is not absorbed properly. Apple cider vinegar helps you in indigestion as it increases stomach acid. It also helps in getting rid of heartburn and reduces bloating. You can have one to two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of hot water you can also add one spoon of honey in it. Drink it slowly for more benefits.
2)Cholesterol: -Studies has suggested that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels and other heart related disease. It also increases good HDL (good cholesterol) and antioxidants enzymes. If bad cholesterol increase then it will lead to thickening of walls of arteries and apple cider vinegar helps in removing the clogging and blockages. Since vinegar is the chief content of apple cider vinegar it helps in bringing down the clogging.
3)Loose weight: – In a study which was conducted the test was done on overweight adults and those who drank 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with other juice or beverages lost weight more quickly than those who did not. It also reduced belly fat. But the effects were little. If you do the same it will help you lose fat. But don’t think this as a permanent solution as nothing can replace lower calories diet and physical activity. As getting the calories right is like half battle won and if you want to speed up the process than apple cider vinegar will definitely give you a push.
4)Lowers sugar level:-Study which was conducted on diabetic people and they were given 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before bed and the results were they had 4% lower blood sugar. It improves the sugar level and improves the hemoglobin A1C level. It is said that apple cider vinegar has antiglycemic effect. High blood sugar can cause increase risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness and stroke. You can take 2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and mix with hot water which will keep the sugar level under control.
5)Dandruff: -Applying apple cider vinegar on scalp can help you in treating Dandruff. Mix 1-3 spoon of apple cider vinegar with warm water and apply it on scalp and massage the scalp with your finger. After 5-10 minutes you can wash your hair. It is said that it helps in balancing the pH of scalp. It removes dead skin cells from your scalp. It helps in reducing the fungal infection growth on your scalp and hair. If you have dandruff treat it with care as the effect will differ from person to person.
Few things to keep in mind
-Don’t try to inhale apple cider vinegar as it might cause harm to your lungs. Also it might cause burning sensation in your lungs.
-Mouthful of apple cider vinegar is harmful for your teeth always see to it that you dilute it with some juice or at least plain water
-Too much of anything is bad. This applies to apple cider vinegar too as too much intake will start burning sensation inside your body and might be dangerous. Always see to it that you don’t have it beyond 2 tablespoon. It is better if you check it out with your doctor or pharmacist before consuming apple cider vinegar to be on safer side.
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